It is a busy time of year with many people looking forward to time away over the holiday period.
Unfortunately this increases the number of road users and everyone is encouraged to be patient and courteous.
For those holiday makers with caravans it is important to undertake a few checks at home before setting off.
- Take the time to check over basic mechanics of your tow vehicle. Oil, water, brake fluid and windscreen wipers are important.
- Check the tyres and tyres pressure on the caravan – don't forget the spare.
- Make sure the indicators and brake lights are working when connected to the vehicle.
- Ensure that luggage and other items are securely and safely packed and that the load is distributed evenly and within the towing capacity of the vehicle.
- If it is your first trip away with the caravan make sure you have practiced driving short distances to get the feel of towing. It is also recommended to practice reversing the caravan – some of the spaces in caravan parks may be small.
Then, consider traffic conditions before setting off – it might be beneficial to get an early start to avoid the heavy traffic.
Ensure you are confident handling the caravan and drive safely to road conditions.
The extra weight of the caravan will make the tow vehicle handle differently.
You need to allow a longer braking distance and it will be much slower to accelerate and less manoeuvrable.
Make sure you are aware of other road users and on busy single lane roads consider pulling over into a safe area to allow vehicles to pass you safely.
Upon arrival at your location, we encourage you say hi to your neighbours and help keep an eye on each other's property.
Consider ways to secure items such as pushbikes, surfboards, eskies and gas bottles as they are easily stolen.
Also consider using a tow ball locking device or wheel clamp to secure the caravan, especially if the vehicle is unhitched.
Further information on Safe Towing is available here.
Tow Ball Locking device
Example of chain being used